February 2008

At Malakal, the frustration over Cirie’s flipping starts coming out. Cirie says Jonathan is pissed at her and she’s feeling in control and kinda gloating about it. The others in Jonathan’s alliance aren’t happy about her changing and it may very well come back to bite her if it causes trouble at camp.

At Airai, the fans are wondering who went home. They’re thinking either Eliza or Yau-Man. Down at the beach, a couple of the guys catch an eel and everyone is hoping it’s going to taste like hotdogs.

There is some concern in camp about Chet’s laziness and not wanting to do anything around camp and is physically and mentally weak and there is starting to be some resolve around removing him from the game next.

James is annoyed over the whole Cirie thing and how they didn’t vote out Eliza because she’s sick and Yau-Man would have been a better asset in the challenge. Eliza is not impressed at their conversation because she was right there.

At the reward challenge, the teams need to get 10 colored coconuts out of a submerged cage with letters on them one at a time and then bring them back to shore. Ozzie has a different tactic and moves a bunch of coconuts to the end of the cage and gives them a bit of an advantage for the following players who don’t have as much work to do. By the time Malakal get to shore and spell out the word, Airai are still trying to get their coconuts out of the cage.

The reward? A rooster and 3 laying hens. They send Kathy to exile island again along with Ozzie.

Ozzie wants to look for the idol. Kathy can’t be bothered. Ozzie races to find the idol, swimming backward and forwards between the island. He finds it and then decides to play a similar game as last game and make a fake idol to hide in the spot he found it.

The rooster is possibly going to be dinner tonight. Eliza talks to Parvati about jonathan but she doesn’t realise he’s walking up behind them. Jonathan is a little annoyed that she is trying to get herself in the game. Parvati is sure that if they go to tribal council tonight it will be Eliza going home.

At the immunity challenge, the tribes must navigate a course while harnessed to a series of poles connected in the middle that slide to enable them to move. It will make it a real challenge to navigate the course and then collect some colored necklaces. Once they have 6 necklaces they must take them to a decoding wheel where they must place the necklace in the right order and match the colored beads to letters and then decipher a three word phrase.

The favorites get to the wheel first and again, by the time they complete it, the fans are still on the course with two necklaces to collect.

Mikey B is going to play Joel and keep him around until the merge and then cut his head off. It’s either Chet or Kathy going home and Tracey is worried because she knows she’d be next. She is wanting to mix it up and talks to Joel about possibly voting Mikey B. She says that he is letting Mikey B dictate the game.

At Tribal Council, the votes fall to Mikey B in a shock elimination.

New Star! Special – From Paul Walker’s eyes to Brad Pitt’s smile, David Beckham’s abs to Matthew McConaughey’s chest, and the chiseled chins of Ashton Kutcher and Johnny Depp – part two of Hollywood’s Sexiest Body Parts dissects the male hotties in Hollywood. This 30-minute special examines the Hollywood men guaranteed to make ladies (and some men) melt.

Saturday, March 29 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on Star

New Star! Special – Hollywood is filled with beautiful people. Combine everyone’s best features and you can create the perfect body. In this one-hour special, Star! goes straight to the experts to find out who’s got the best parts money can buy. This is a game of mix and match not to be missed! From Cameron Diaz’s legs to J Lo’s “asset”, Scarlett Johansson’s lips to Rachel McAdams’ smile, and Sheryl Crow’s arms to Jessica Simpson’s chest – part one of Hollywood’s Sexiest Body Parts sketches the winning female combo. Plus, Star! examines who has the better midriff – Shakira or Fergie.

Saturday, March 22 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on Star

New Star! Special – It’s back to the books as Star! visits TV’s most popular school – Degrassi: The Next Generation. The cast, including Miriam McDonald and Aubrey Graham, dish on the drama, while Lauren Collins and Adamo Ruggiero give Star! an intimate tour of the set. Plus, Shenae Grimes and Shane Kippel sing for Star!’s cameras.

Wednesday, March 12 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star

New Star! Special – Chart-topping songstress/JUNO nominee Jully Black and eTalk’s Tanya Kim head to Jamaica for a little “Revival” of their very own. The duo, along with 44 lucky CHUM Radio contest winners, go on wild adventures including climbing Dunn’s Falls, dog sledding, horseback-riding, and of course enjoying some of the best jerk at landmark restaurant, Scotchies. eTalk explores Black’s emotional journey and her personal connection to the Caribbean paradise. Plus, she performs her first-ever concert on the island of her heritage.

Sunday, March 2 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on Star

New Star! Series – Star! presents a new biography series titled This Is…, launching with a detailed profile on Jon Bon Jovi. In this half-hour, Star! looks at Jon Bon Jovi’s days as a struggling Jersey musician, his search for a record deal, and big break into music’s mainstream. Featuring an exclusive interview amidst a world tour, eTalk’s Jesse Palmer chats with the rocker about his status as a rock star, actor, model, mogul, philanthropist, and sex symbol. Exclusive footage of the band’s recent 10-night stint in Newark and interviews with opening acts Daughtry, The All-American Rejects, and a few loyal Jersey fans make this episode extra special. Plus, Canadian Idol’s Brian Melo talks about being mentored by the chart-topping rock band, before eTalk’s Lainey dishes juicy Bon Jovi gossip.

Wednesday, March 5 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star

Star! Television Premiere – The first primetime series from Harpo Productions centres on the competition, drama, and emotion as millions of dollars are given away to make a difference in people’s lives across the country. Each week contestants face a “big twist” that tests their nerve, drive, ingenuity, and passion. Big name stars including John Travolta and Jennifer Aniston also join the Oprah’s Big Give tour throughout the series. During the eight episodes filmed across the U.S., the field is narrowed, the stakes get higher and higher, and one person is ultimately chosen as “The Biggest Giver.”

Monday, March 3 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star

Television Premiere – Star! delivers a one-hour special on the Emmy®-nominated late night talk show – Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Featuring unforgettable moments from the show’s past, All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live! is jam-packed with surprise guest cameos. Then, Jimmy revisits his most memorable celebrity guest appearances, notable music performances, and signature comedy segments (cue Matt Damon and Ben Affleck video gags) featured on-air. Plus, highlights from regular correspondents – Jimmy’s Cousin Sal, Uncle Frank, Aunt Chippy, and the show’s parking security guard Guillermo – ensure a slapstick riot.

Sunday, March 2 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Star

TMZ Weekend continues to go where the stars work, live, and play – taking viewers on a trip through a world where reality is more fascinating than fiction. Hosted by Harvey Levin (Celebrity Justice) and originating from the heart of Hollywood, the weekend edition continues to provide a fresh and honest take on celebrities and their real lives as only TMZ can – with humor, youthful energy, and the same irreverent attitude found on TMZ.com.

Saturdays 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. on TMZ

Meet ‘The Contesters’: Passionate People Hooked on Contests

World Premiere on CBC Television ‘Doc Zone’, Thursday March 6 at 9:00 P.M. (9:30 P.M. NT)

February 22, 2008

Contests! We’ve all filled out a form, mailed in a ballot, or rolled up a rim. The temptation is irresistible: after all, who doesn’t like to win something? But for some people, as we see in the new Handel Productions Inc. documentary WINNING FOR A LIVING, airing Thursday, March 6, at 9:00 pm (9:30 pm NT) on CBC Television’s Doc Zone, the lure of big prizes turns into a marathon dance with Lady Luck. These dedicated – some might call obsessed – individuals are known as “contestors”.

Contestors are loyal citizens of the land of big dreams. For them, hope springs eternal. Long odds and slim chances don’t deter these eternal optimists in their quest to win everything from free oven mitts, to cars, TVs, homes and vacations, all given away by companies hoping to attract more customers, higher sales, and a bigger slice of their product’s pie.

And it’s a big pie. Canadian companies spend over $200 million a year on contests and promotions. After all, from a marketing company’s point of view, contests aren’t about winning; they’re about selling. In their continuing search for ways to get consumers to notice their brand, marketers know that giveaways boost sales. That’s why two-thirds of brands used contests last year as part of their marketing plans. In the brave new world of cyberspace, a whopping 61% of internet users enter contests every two weeks, making ‘cybermarketing’, with its emphasis on creativity and interactive participation, the New World of opportunity for contest promoters.

WINNING FOR A LIVING profiles several Canadian contestors to find out what drives them to devote much of their time, sometimes at the expense of their personal and family lives, to entering dozens of contests hundreds, or even thousands, of times. Is it the prizes themselves, the fact that the objects are free, or just the thrill of winning that attracts these contest junkies?

In fact, each contestor in the film has his or her own reasons for entering, and strategies that will lead them to El Dorado:

· Carolyn Wilman of Oshawa got into contesting when she was pregnant and unemployed. These days she calls herself ‘The Contest Queen’. Thanks to contest wins, she’s cuddled with Sting and sat in Dumbledore’s chair on the set of the Harry Potter movies. Carolyn has parlayed her hobby into a thriving new business: writing a tell-all book about contesting (“You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter”); running her own contesting website (www.contestqueen.com); and organizing the first Canadian contestors convention. She firmly believes you’ll be lucky if you feel lucky, and is now on the prowl for a really big win.
· Mike Smith of Toronto has been contesting for over 30 years, winning an estimated $250,000 in free stuff, including seven TVs! He spent all of one weekend filling out 2,000 ballots in hopes of winning TV #8! He even fills in ballots in his car while waiting at red lights. But there are serious costs, and his marriage has suffered from his contest addiction.
· Rosemary Chui of Newmarket, Ontario, is a doggedly determined lifelong contestor who’s raised her three sons on barcodes and ballots. She’s earned, on average, $1,000 a month in winnings, though she bagged $44,000 in her best year. She’s focused on winning specific prizes, including a new car for her eldest son, and believes that if you really want or, more importantly, need something, you will receive it. Rosemary calls these her ’11th hour wins’.
· Fern Corraini of Calgary is the newbie, a retired teacher and closet contestor for years till she finally went public with her friends and relatives. She’s just won her first $1,000 prize. As a result, she’s now an addict to what Carolyn Wilman calls ‘contest crack: one win and you’re hooked!’ Fern thinks you need to feel ‘worthy’ of winning. Once you do, she believes you’ll start winning.

WINNING FOR A LIVING reveals some of the winning strategies of these ‘professional’ contest enterers, tricks of the trade aimed at increasing the odds of winning – everything from ballot box stuffing, to new computer software programs like RoboForm that allow contesters to accelerate filling out multiple contest ballots, to more arcane theories of seducing Lady Luck through prayer, feng shui, or the sage advice of self-help books on the power of positive thinking.

The marketing companies fight back against these hard-core contestors, searching for ways to foil ballot box stuffing and block RoboForm, so that the pros don’t win everything and the one-time contest entrant gets a fighting chance to nab a prize.

WINNING FOR A LIVING also takes viewers behind-the-scenes to get the skinny from experts who actually create the contests. Top marketing and communications gurus Ira Baptiste of Cossette Communication Group and Tony Chapman of Capital C explain the marketing strategies behind contents, including new approaches prompted by the internet that encourage interactivity. Chapman describes the thinking behind Capital C’s phenomenally successful Bring Home the Cup campaign for Pepsi, which asked Canadians to make a video proving their community had the country’s most fanatic hockey fans, with a personal visit from Mark Messier and the Stanley Cup as the winner’s prize. That campaign perfectly merged national pride and product placement. It was a marketing home run.

In WINNING FOR A LIVING, director Nadine Pequeneza and producer Alan Handel have created a fascinating portrait of the passionate people who get hooked on contesting and, on the flip side, the marketers, equally determined to find news ways to keep the hard-core contesters from winning everything!

WINNING FOR A LIVING director/co-writer Nadine Pequeneza has won numerous international awards for her work, and is a three-time Gemini Award nominee in both writing and directing categories for her films Exhibit A: The Secrets of Forensic Science “Bare Bones”; and Turning Points in History “Aristide’s Haiti” and “A Coup: Made In America”. The Toronto-based filmmaker’s other writing/directing credits include Lives That Changed The World “Nelson Mandela”; Final 24 “Marvin Gaye”; Iran Betrayed; Raising Cassidy; Who Killed Patrice Lumumba?; My Beat: The Life & Times of Bruce Cockburn; and Argentina’s Dirty War. As a series producer, her credits include Psychic Investigators, Almost Legal, Women Behind the Badge and At the Post.

WINNING FOR A LIVING is directed by Nadine Pequeneza, written by Nadine Pequeneza, Alan Handel and Allen J. Abel, and produced/executive produced by Alan Handel. Narrator is Ann-Marie MacDonald. The Film Editor is Glenn Berman. The DOPs are Renald Bellemare, Michael Boland, Russell Gienapp and Harald Bachman. Original Music by Mathieu Vanasse and Claude Milot. Location Sound is by Paul Adlaf, Glenn Hodgins and Tim St-Pierre. Associate producer is Craig Silverman. For Handel Productions, Leon G. Arcand is Head of Production. For CBC, Senior Producer is Linda Laughlin, Michael Claydon is Area Executive Producer, Independent Documentaries and Mark Starowicz is Executive Director, Documentary Programming.

WINNING FOR A LIVING is produced by Handel Productions Inc. in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, CTF: License Fee Program, the Québec Film and Television Tax Credit administered by SODEC, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Developed in association with CTV.

Handel Productions Inc., founded and run by Alan Handel, is one of Canada’s leading documentary production companies. The Montreal-based company’s films have been broadcast on CBC, Radio-Canada, CTV, Discovery Channel, Global Television, Bravo US, The History Channel US, PBS, NBC, ARTE, BBC, Channel Five UK, ZDF, and many other networks around the world. Handel Productions Inc. was recently nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for How William Shatner Changed The World, and has won a number of other international awards. For further information, please go to www.handelproductions.ca

Thursday, March 6 at 9 pm on CBC TV Doc Zone
Repeated on Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld